Christmas Trees (Real) Put in Organics Bin Trees six feet or shorter can be placed directly into your green waste container without being cut in half and will be collected during normal collection times. For flocked trees: Cut the tree in half and place in your black refuse container. They cannot be recycled. If you are not using your green waste container: The City of Torrance will provide curbside collection to recycle your unflocked tree. Please remove all tinsel, ornaments and stands and cut the tree in half. From December 27, 2022 to January 19, 2023: Place the tree at the curb at least four feet from your collection containers by 7:00 a.m. on your regularly scheduled collection day. A separate truck will collect the trees to use as mulch and landfill cover. After January 19, 2023: Unflocked trees must be cut up and placed in the green waste container. Flocked trees must be cut up and placed in the black refuse container for removal. For businesses and multi-family homes that do not have Torrance trash service, contact your private waste hauler to inquire about Christmas tree collection and other recycling program information. The large item collection program will not be available during the Christmas tree recycling program. The last day to call and schedule your large item collection for 2022 is December 9th. Scheduling for large item collection will begin again on January 9th. Find holiday collection schedule and map here. Mulch Facility Drop-off Christmas trees will be accepted for mulching until the end of January. Trees can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Artificial trees and flocked trees cannot be accepted – please place them in your black refuse bin. Harbor Mulch Facility 1400 N. Gaffey Street San Pedro, CA 90731 LA COUNTY One-day drop off at Recreation and Park locations Visit the LA Sanitation Website for one-day drop off date, time, and locations. Los Angeles Zoo Parking Lot At Griffith Park, Junction of Golden State (5) and Ventura (134) Freeways Baldwin Hills Rancho Cienega Recreation Center 5001 Rodeo Road Encino Balboa Sports Center 17015 Burbank Boulevard Rancho Park Cheviot Hills Recreation Center 2551 Motor Avenue Sunland Sunland Park 8651 Foothill Boulevard Westchester Westchester Municipal Building 7166 West Manchester Avenue LA COUNTY: Fire Stations Select fire station locations will accept Christmas trees until mid-January. They will not be accepting holiday wrapping and packaging material. Please remove all ornaments, decorations, tinsel and the stand from tree prior to dropping it off. For a complete list of participating drop-off locations including mulching facilities, one-day recreational park drop offs, and fire stations – learn more at lacitysan.org/treerecycle Eco-Friendly Tips For a more eco-friendly, sustainable Christmas tree option, try a living (potted) Christmas tree at “Living Christmas” a non-profit organization. Note that the city does not endorse specific businesses but provides options to the public. Go to LA County’s “Helpful Holiday Hints for Waste Reduction” for tips on holiday waste reduction. Remove All Ornaments, Lights and Tinsel Before you recycle your live Christmas tree, make sure that it is free of all ornaments, lights and tinsel. Flocked Trees Are Not Recyclable If your tree has flocking (sprayed-on fake snow), it can’t be recycled and will have to go in the trash instead. Ways to Reduce Decorate a Potted Tree Instead It may be unconventional, but skipping the traditional Christmas tree (real or fake) altogether and decorating a potted tree you’ve bought or have in your home is a truly green way to have a tree for the holidays. Buy a Rooted Tree and Plant It After the Holidays Next holiday season, buy a tree with roots (it can be balled and burlap or containerized) and plant it in your yard after you use it. Did You Know? Christmas Trees as Job Creators According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), the Christmas tree industry employs more than 100,000 people in the United States. The Environmental Benefits of Christmas Trees Although they’re planted just to be cut down and used as a decoration once they’ve reached maturity, Christmas tree farms have a positive impact on the environment. Each acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for the daily needs of 18 people.